There is an abundance of things to do in the area around Plant City whether you want to explore the magnificent Edward Medard Regional Park, sample the local produce at one of the many markets that represent the bulk of the city’s agricultural industry or learn more about the region’s special wine products with a tasting trip to a local winery. The coastal area in this part of the state is also close by which is ideal for a nice drive or for those who wish to spend a leisurely day relaxing on the beach surrounded by fine, golden sand and crystal clear blue sea. Hiking, boating and fishing are other popular activities inland while the city itself is home to various museums for those who prefer more cultural pursuits.
In nearby Lithia the R&R Ranch is perfect for a family day out and offers guided horseback trail rides through the surrounding countryside as well as pony rides for smaller children or more novice riders as well as pony parties for group bookings. There are a variety of different overnight camps organized by the ranch throughout peak season and the ranch also has a cafeteria and restaurant for those who wish to purchase food and beverages as well as providing picnic areas for those who have brought their own refreshments and also has a farm petting zoo which has a skunk among the variety of animals for the kids to pet and play with. The property itself is beautiful and very well maintained while the horses are nice and tame as you are riding much loved and well cared for pets owned by this family run business. The animals themselves are well kept and in great shape while the tack provided is in excellent condition. There are horses to suit all ranges of experience, from beginning to expert level riders and for children and adults of all ages. Opt for a guided tour though Alderman’s Ford Preserve for which offers breathtakingly magnificent scenery and is an ideal way to view Florida in its natural beauty. Afterwards, why not stay a while and have a wander around the stables where the kids can assist staff in grooming and feeding the animals.
For those who are interested in the area’s agricultural produce then why not stop off for a visit to Brandon Farms in Dover and sample some of the strawberry products for which this state is world famous. Feast on strawberry sundaes and milkshakes, strawberry shortcake or even strawberry pizza then buy some fresh strawberries to take away with you to munch in the car on your journey home or purchase home made products to take back as gifts for friends including jams, jellies and condiments like pickle and chutney. If you simply want a short stopover to enjoy a picnic lunch then Alderman’s Ford Park is the perfect location, described as a ‘gem in the wilderness,’ due to its tranquil setting and exquisite scenery where you can eat in the shade at one of several pavilions or catch some rays while at one of the many picnic tables available.